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Comment Re:And the mic? (Score 1) 38

I have a 6s as does my wife and son, and an iPhone 5 before that, and we've never had these issues. (Battery did die though, eventually). The phone that *does* often just randomly shut off on me is my Galaxy S4, which is my work phone. I've changed the battery on that twice already. Also, my Galaxy Tab A freezes, but to a much lesser extent than the S4. Overall I have more reliability issues with Samsung/Android than I do Apple. It's the pick of the draw, all these things have the potential for failure.

Comment Re:Whipslash? A suggestion? (Score 1) 895

I didn't install him. I literally voted for someone not on the ballot. On principle. I didn't like any of the candidates enough to warrant my vote, so I decided to let the rest of the country decide, and let the chips fall where they may. But nonetheless, I voted, and for various congressman too.

Comment Re:Whipslash? A suggestion? (Score 1) 895

Sorry to report that while slashdot customer service was courteous, it was overall unsatisfactory.

Regards first link: How does owning businesses in a country make you a "puppet" of that country's leader? By that logic, Trump was a puppet of Obama too. And a puppet of every leader of every other country in which he has an enterprise.
Regards the second: Calling for an investigation is a process of looking for evidence, not evidence in and of itself.

Just because a republican senator calls for an investigation doesn't mean the guilty verdict is foregone conclusion - and even if he is guilty, just look at how Hillary slithered away from her email investigation, and that did actually turn up evidence.

Comment Re:Do payments work? (Score 1) 86

I think insurance companies for this kind of thing are just a colossally bad idea. Now it positively screams "lucrative!" to the ransomers, as victims will be far more willing to "pay" since it's covered by insurance. The amount of ransom demanded will increase as well.

Instead they should be concerning themselves with better security, training, and backups. That wouldn't have to cost any more than the insurance premium.

Comment Re:Outrage! (Score 1) 110

I think the ACLU or SJW should get involved now.

The SJW..? Is that a new agency?

I think maybe this whining is designed so that the police just can't win.

It's fine for citizens to video pretty much whatever they want and whenever they want, in public; but cops aren't allowed to too? So when the charges of police brutality start flying, the only evidence is a bystander's video that conveniently begins halfway into the altercation, and /or from around the corner, skewing all context? This was the whole point of the body cameras, to provide a record of an entire encounter to be used as evidence, at no small cost or inconvenience to law enforcement.

No, if you're out in public, you have no expectation of privacy unless it pertains to your personal space. Obviously no one can just walk up to you and look at the contents of your wallet or purse, but whatever actions you take in a public place are public actions.

Human eyes are lenses, human brains are recording devices; but they're not nearly as reliable or objective as electronic ones.

Comment Re: Well, once the panels are installed (Score 1) 415

To be fair, the article did point out that coal plants are already built; solar still has a great need for installation and growth, thus a large part of the discrepancy in labor requirements it's still a relatively fledgling industry. What will be interesting to see is how well solar works out once it's established a more dominant presence on the grid. Some of that will depend on how often panels need to be repaired or replaced, but I'd like to see it do well.

Besides, I think that alternate energy has the potential to be to this decade (or the next) what the IT boom and the Internet was for the 1990s, an explosive tech industry which catalyzes huge economic benefits and employment. Not to mention cleaner air.

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